Job 42:4
New International Version
“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’

New Living Translation
You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’

English Standard Version
‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’

Berean Study Bible
You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak. I will question you, and you shall inform Me.’

King James Bible
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

New King James Version
Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’

New American Standard Bible
‘Please listen, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.’

NASB 1995
‘Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.’

NASB 1977
‘Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask Thee, and do Thou instruct me.’

Amplified Bible
‘Hear, please, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct [and answer] me.’

Christian Standard Bible
You said, “Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform me.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You said, “Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform Me.”

American Standard Version
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear me and I shall speak. I shall ask; you teach me

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But hear me, O Lord, that I also may speak: and I will ask thee, and do thou teach me.

Contemporary English Version
You told me to listen and answer your questions.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, and I will speak : I will ask thee, and do thou tell me.

English Revised Version
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Good News Translation
You told me to listen while you spoke and to try to answer your questions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"[You said,] 'Listen now, and I will speak. I will ask you, and you will teach me.'

International Standard Version
Listen now, and I will speak for myself; I'll interrogate you and then inform me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear, I beseech Thee, and I will speak; I will demand of Thee, and declare Thou unto me.

Literal Standard Version
Please hear, and I speak; [You said], I ask you, and you cause Me to know.

NET Bible
You said, 'Pay attention, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer me.'

New Heart English Bible
You said, 'Listen, now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer me.'

World English Bible
You said, 'Listen, now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer me.'

Young's Literal Translation
'Hear, I pray thee, and I -- I do speak, I ask thee, and cause thou me to know.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Submits Himself to the LORD
3You asked, ‘Who is this who conceals My counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. 4You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak. I will question you, and you shall inform Me.’ 5My ears had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen You.…

Cross References
Job 38:3
Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall inform Me.

Job 40:7
"Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall inform Me.


Treasury of Scripture

Hear, I beseech you, and I will speak: I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

Hear

Genesis 18:27,30-32
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: …

I will

Job 38:3
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

Job 40:7
Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.









(4) Hear, I beseech thee.--This cannot in like manner be appropriately assigned to Job, but, as in Job 38:3; Job 40:7, must be referred to God; then the confession of Job 42:5-6 comes in very grandly. How much of our knowledge of God is merely hearsay? and it is not till the experimental teaching of the Holy Ghost has revealed God to our consciences that we really see Him with the inward eye. The confession of Job, therefore, is the confession of every converted man. Compare in a much later and very different, and yet analogous sphere, the confession of St. Paul (Galatians 1:16).

Verse 4. - Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me, Job refers to God's words in Job 38:3 and Job 40:7, and realizes the humbling effect which they had had on him. They made him feel how little he knew on the subject of God's works and ways, and how little competent he was to judge them. Hence he bursts into the confession-

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
You said, ‘Listen
שְֽׁמַֽע־ (šə·ma‘-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

now,
נָ֭א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

and I
וְאָנֹכִ֣י (wə·’ā·nō·ḵî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 595: I

will speak.
אֲדַבֵּ֑ר (’ă·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

I will question you,
אֶ֝שְׁאָלְךָ֗ (’eš·’ā·lə·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

and you shall answer Me.’
וְהוֹדִיעֵֽנִי׃ (wə·hō·w·ḏî·‘ê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 3045: To know


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